Rattlesnakes Relocated from Den at Smith Rock
August 8, 2017
While we may be mere visitors to Smith Rock State Park, wildlife rules. That includes rattlesnakes.
Park management was alerted to a pair of nesting rattlers up from the river bank and below the left side of the bridge as you cross over to the River and Wolf Tree Tree Trails.
The area was cordoned off on August 7 and and warning signs were posted to not have visitors and their pets come up on the rattlesnake habitat. It has since been taken down as the snakes have been removed for public safety.
This year has anecdotally been a boom year for rattlesnakes, with reported sightings up 4 fold, according to Smith Rock State Park Interpretative Naturalist David Vick.
It's always hard to verify of course, as bull snakes and rattlers are so similar in markings that the harmless bulls often get mistaken for rattlers.
In any case, keep your pets on leash per the park rules for their own protection, don't stray off the designated trails, and look carefully at the rocks you choose to sit in those shady spots.
If you do come across a rattlesnake, give it LOTS of room. They really aren't into taking selfies with you and will let you know it.